OPA Annual Conference

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Save the Date!

The Oregon Poetry Association is proud to announce our annual conference, in-person on October 4-5, 2024 at the Agate Beach Inn in Newport, Oregon. Join us to write Lines in the Sand. We’ll connect over workshops, listen to keynotes, and gather together in community. Online participation is also available. Workshop submissions are accepted here

To stay up to date, join our Facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/4ZPBdKUR8

We can’t wait to see you again!

Previous Guest Poets

OPA has a wonderful history of bringing in, from all parts of our state and all across the nation, poets whose words inspire us and whose workshops teach us. Many of our own members have also led workshops at conferences for free or very nominal fees. We have all been enriched by their contributions as well. Some of our previous guest poets include:

  • Kim Stafford
  • Emmett Wheatfall
  • Paisley Rekdal
  • Paulann Petersen
  • Cindy Williams Gutierrez
  • Heather McHugh
  • Matthew Dickman
  • Judith Montgomery
  • Laurel Blossom
  • Daniel Nathan Terry
  • Clem Starck
  • Charles Goodrich
  • Tess Gallagher
  • Paul Hunter
  • Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge
  • John C. Morrison
  • Jessica Mehta

The Patricia Ruth Banta Award

The Patricia Ruth Banta Award, which honors an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to Oregon poetry and to OPA’s mission, is presented during the conference. This award was established in honor of Patricia Ruth Banta a former president of the Oregon Poetry Association.

Notes on Nominees:

The nominee can be an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to Oregon poetry and to OPA’s mission to build and sustain a diverse community of Oregon poets, provide Oregon poets opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another, further the appreciation of poetry throughout the state, and raise public awareness of Oregon poets. The award will be announced in the fall with a non-monetary prize.

Do you know of an individual or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the culture of poetry in Oregon? Consider nominating them for the award. Nominations must be made by current OPA members. Click here to download the nomination form. The deadline is Sept. 1.

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